Grand China

19 Day Guided Tour & River Cruise from Beijing to Shanghai with Scenic

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Scenic's 19 Day Grand China. From old timber houses on narrow cobbled streets to cormorant fishermen using their fascinating techniques, this itinerary is your opportunity to discover a China many modern travellers don't get to witness first-hand.

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Guided Tour & River Cruise Starts In
Starts In
Beijing
Guided Tour & River Cruise Ends In
Ends In
Shanghai
Accomodation
Accomodation
4.5 - 5 Star
24
Max Group Size
24
River Cruise
Trip Style
River Cruise
Small Group
Trip Style
Small Group
Scenic / Cultural
Trip Style
Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
China
Trip Operated By:
Scenic
Scenic
36 Reviews
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Trip Code:
CHGC-1

Itinerary

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1 Beijing
Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your hotel for the next four nights is located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls. (D)
2 Beijing
Start your tour with a special highlight as you visit China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Freechoice: Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (B/L)
3 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Exchange. (B/L/D)
4 Beijing
Freechoice: Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th century Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to perhaps shop at the Silk Markets. (B/L)
5 Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner. (B/L/D)
6 Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. (B/L/D)
7 Yangtze River Cruise
Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. (B/L/D)
8 Yangtze River Cruise
Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (B/L/D)
9 Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Chengdu
Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay. Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z. (B/L/D)
10 Chengdu
Enrich: A special day with an enchanting encounter with rare giant panda cubs. You’ll even get to have a photo taken with these endangered creatures, truly a moment to cherish forever. Wander through the old quarter of town and visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the second century Wuhou Temple. (B/L/D)
11 Chengdu - Xi’an
Travel on the new High Speed Train to Xi’an and then explore the ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at your historically located hotel. (B/L/D)
12 Xi’an
Enrich: Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich: Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. Sundowners: Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. (B/L)
13 Xi’an - Guilin
Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Guilin for an overnight stay at your elegant hotel. (B/D)
14 Guilin - Yangshuo
Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later, stroll around the Old Town before settling back at the luxurious hotel for a two night Special Stay. (B/L)
15 Yangshuo
Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand in creating your own souvenir.  This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show. (B/D)
16 Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Return to Guilin and fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Travel on the high speed Maglev train, then enjoy a three night Special Stay. (B/D)
17 Shanghai
Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats. (B/L)
18 Shanghai
Freechoice: Visit the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, with its wealth of shopping opportunities before enjoying your farewell dinner. Sundowners: Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar. (B/D)
19 Shanghai
It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years. (B)
1 Beijing
Begin your amazing discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Enjoy a four night stay in Beijing. (D)
2 Beijing
Start your tour with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.  Freechoice: Spend an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. (B/L)
3 Beijing
Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Enrich: Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the Hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways. Freechoice Dining: Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at The Exchange. (B/L/D)
4 Beijing
Freechoice: Hunt for ingredients at the wet markets for a wonderful interactive cooking class. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy or visit the incredible 15th-century Temple of Heaven. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B/L)
5 Beijing - Yichang - Yangtze River Cruise
Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Later, fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.  (B/L/D)
6 Yangtze River Cruise
Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception. (B/L/D)
7 Yangtze River Cruise
Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges. (B/L/D)
8 Yangtze River Cruise
Join an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China Gala Dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit. (B/L/D)
9 Yangtze River Cruise - Chongqing - Chengdu
Disembark and tour around Chongqing and the ancient town of Ciqikou, known for its porcelain. Experience China’s new high-speed train network on the way to Chengdu and settle in for a two night stay. Freechoice Dining: Dinner is a delicious choice between traditional Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, Western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish bar, or international fare at Café Z. (B/L/D)
10 Chengdu
Enrich: A special day as a member of the Panda Volunteer Training Program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them. Wander through the old quarter, visit Jinli Street, one of the oldest commercial streets in China, and the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple.  (B/L/D)
11 Chengdu - Xi’an
Travel on the new High Speed Train to Xi’an and then explore the ancient city wall on foot, by bike or electric buggy. Tonight, enjoy a performance at the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show over dinner. You’ll spend the next two nights at a historically located hotel. (B/L/D)
12 Xi’an
Enrich: Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process. Later, enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple. Enrich: Be treated to a private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.  Sundowners: Continue your refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset. (B/L)
13 Xi’an - Guilin
Explore the maze of markets in the Muslim Quarter before flying to Guilin. Spend the evening at your elegant hotel in Guilin. (B/D)
14 Guilin - Yangshuo
Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later, stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious hotel for a two night Special Stay. (B/L)
15 Yangshuo
Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. You’ll even get to meet a master of the art and try your hand at creating your own souvenir. This evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show. (B/D)
16 Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai
Return to Guilin and fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai. Travel on the high speed Maglev train, then enjoy a three night Special Stay. (B/D)
17 Shanghai
Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, witness the renowned agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.  (B/L)
18 Shanghai
Freechoice: Visit the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square, before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River. Later, spend your free time exploring Nanjing Road, before enjoying your farewell dinner. Sundowners: Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar. (B/D)
19 Shanghai
It’s the end of a journey you’ll look back on fondly for years. (B)

Scenic Inclusions

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Yangtze Cruising
Yangtze Cruising
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Deck Plans

Deluxe Cabin
Main Deck (Level 1)

Cabin Types

Deluxe Cabin
Deluxe Cabin  Deluxe Cabin  
  • Stateroom size 333 sq ft/ 31 sq m
  • Comfortable king or twin-sized beds
  • Individual climate control
  • Spacious ensuite with a hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and quality toiletries
  • A spacious wardrobe and personal safe
  • Flat-screen television with Satellite Channels and Video on Demand
  • A well-stocked minibar

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Wednesday 01 Apr 2020 Sunday 19 Apr 2020 352per person 12,238per person Enquire
Wednesday 13 May 2020 Sunday 31 May 2020 355per person 12,335per person Sold Out
Wednesday 03 Jun 2020 Sunday 21 Jun 2020 331per person 11,559per person Enquire
Wednesday 26 Aug 2020 Sunday 13 Sep 2020 337per person 11,753per person Enquire
Wednesday 01 Apr 2020 Sunday 19 Apr 2020 457solo traveller 15,633solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 13 May 2020 Sunday 31 May 2020 463solo traveller 15,827solo traveller Sold Out
Wednesday 03 Jun 2020 Sunday 21 Jun 2020 427solo traveller 14,663solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 26 Aug 2020 Sunday 13 Sep 2020 436solo traveller 14,954solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 Sunday 01 Nov 2020 555per person 12,335per person Enquire
Wednesday 10 Mar 2021 Sunday 28 Mar 2021 540per person 11,850per person Enquire
Wednesday 07 Apr 2021 Sunday 25 Apr 2021 555per person 12,335per person Enquire
Wednesday 12 May 2021 Sunday 30 May 2021 561per person 12,529per person Enquire
Wednesday 14 Oct 2020 Sunday 01 Nov 2020 672solo traveller 16,118solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 10 Mar 2021 Sunday 28 Mar 2021 639solo traveller 15,051solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 07 Apr 2021 Sunday 25 Apr 2021 669solo traveller 16,021solo traveller Enquire
Wednesday 12 May 2021 Sunday 30 May 2021 678solo traveller 16,312solo traveller Enquire
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